Svetlana Hollis likes to dress in feathers, change wigs and wear bright makeup. She finds intereset in the grotesque, performance, carnival, and corporality.
She often uses food in her works: she chops up an octopus with a chef’s knife, guts fish, breaks ostrich eggs, thus opposing values of vitality to those of decadent melancholy and affirming such things as sexual freedom, body positivity, and sensual pleasures.
On the serious side of things, her works imbued with the criticism of overconsumption, references to dark ecology and climate change issues. Practically, she does not adhere to the institutional artistiс research approach, instead allowing herself to be inspired by a plenitude of impressions ranging from the creations of William Blake and William Hogarth to the recent products of pop culture and fashion industry.
She works in various media including ink painting, drawing, installation, video performance, and film.
Svetlana was born in Novosibirsk in 1995. She studied at the Novosibirsk State Art School, the Russian State Pedagogical University named after V.I. Herzen, as well as at the Moscow Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia.